18 May 2013

Weekend Cooking: Tequila Lime Chicken

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When I'm looking for a sure-fire success with the minimum of fuss, one of the first cooks I turn to is Ina Garten. I own most of her cookbooks, and they are all well used. Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family is one of my favorites.

Now that the weather here in central Pennsylvania has finally broken, we've officially begun our season of eating outdoors. To celebrate the first truly nice weekend, Mr. BFR suggested that we grill Tequila Lime Chicken, an easy, tasty centerpiece to any summer dinner. We served it with asparagus, a salad, and homemade dinner rolls.

The recipe calls for gold tequila, but I've had just as much luck with white (clear). Garten also suggests that you can add a tablespoon of minced cilantro to the marinade; I add a bit more than that. And I always squeeze my own lime juice, though I sometimes cheat on the orange juice. Leftovers make great sandwiches the next day.

Tequila Lime Chicken
Serves 4-6
  • 1/2 cup gold tequila
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5-6 limes)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno pepper (1 pepper seeded)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 whole (6 split) boneless chicken breasts, skin on
Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

You can find the recipe online at the Food Network website. Photo credit: Food Network website.


rhapsodyinbooks 5/18/13, 6:14 AM  

Definitely anything with tequila count me in!

caite 5/18/13, 6:30 AM  

I have everything on hand.
except the chicken...

jama 5/18/13, 6:45 AM  

Oh yum! Can't wait to try this. Need to get some tequila . . .

Beth S. 5/18/13, 7:06 AM  

I've got tequila in the freezer. Thinking I need to make this this week :)

Sandy Nawrot 5/18/13, 7:11 AM  

Oh man. I've made tequila lime chicken before but not Ina's. I'm marking this one.

Tina 5/18/13, 7:12 AM  

Beautiful weather for an outdoor dinner! This is a really good, but you can't go wrong with Ina. I don't own this cookbook but have checked it from the library a few times.

Rikki 5/18/13, 7:24 AM  

Sounds lovely. I assume this would work just as well with salmon.

Peaceful Reader 5/18/13, 10:45 AM  

Grilling is so wonderful! My husband only recently started grilling and now we love sitting outside with a cocktail or cold beer as we wait for the grill to do its thing. Thanks for sharing this BC recipe-we'll have give it a try.

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) 5/18/13, 11:32 AM  

You had me at Tequila!! I will definitely be trying this recipe very soon!

Sheila (Bookjourney) 5/18/13, 8:26 PM  

The chicken sounds delicious! I will have to give it a try!

fanficfan44 5/18/13, 8:41 PM  

Sounds like something I would love. I always like most citrus and chicken. I am grilling this weekend as well, I just may be doing it holding an umbrella :)

Chris Howard 5/18/13, 9:33 PM  

OMG I'm making this!

Heather 5/18/13, 11:00 PM  

sounds very tasty. Will try it next time son is home. Thanks.

(Diane) bookchickdi 5/19/13, 12:49 PM  

My post this week features Ina's Tarragon Potato Salad. I have many of her cookbooks too, and use so many of her recipes. I'm pinning this one as I haven't tried it yet,

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 5/20/13, 1:03 AM  

This sounds good. I think I have 101 chicken recipes but I've never tried this one. Now I need to see if there is any tequila in the back of the bar!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) 5/20/13, 8:58 AM  

Oh if only we had a BBQ, would love to try this! (These recipes just aren't the same when you try to replicate them in the kitchen are they?)

p.s. this week again, for some reason I can only see the first 7 links. Clearly it's working for everyone else and people have visited my blog through my link here, but why can't I see them? It's so weird. And I'm missing out on people's links!

Andi 5/20/13, 11:46 AM  

The chicken looks SOOOOO good.

Julie P. 5/24/13, 2:34 PM  

This is my kind of meal!

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